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Saturday, 10 January 2015

Eric Ravilious: A Life in Pictures- talk by James Russell

I saw this talk listed in the Holburne Museum's brochure, it was in fact a Bath Evening Decorative and Fine Arts Society talk which I was able to attend by ringing up and reserving tickets in advance. They are part of NADFAS and hold their talks in the upper room in the Holburne Museum 
There were about 90 people attending the excellent talk, I took notes, but then decided against writing much because I'm hoping we can book him to give a talk to our Friends in May or June. It's worth having a look at his blog where he also lists the books he has published in the 'Life in Pictures' series, here it is: jamesrussellontheweb.blogspot.com/
Really exciting, especially if we can arrange a trip to a Ravilious exhibition as well.
I took a few photos of the interior of the room where the talk was held:

 and sat beside this painting:The Auriol and Dashwood Families by Johan Zoffany 1783-7, only part of it is seen here:
 On the way into the Holburne, I thought there was a picket, but it was part of illuminate 2015   which ended this evening; it was 8 nights of projection, performance, installation and illumination in Bath. The Holburne one was called 'Rehearsing Catastrophe', it was exploring the issue of climate change and the environment. There was an ark projected onto the outside of the building:

 and this is what it looked like when we came out after the talk:
 And then I photographed Bath Abbey on the way back to the station.
 I'm hoping to attend more of the Bedfas talks, easy enough to get to the Holburne, we were back in Swindon by 8.45pm.



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